VOGUE MAGAZINE - FEBRUARY 2012
"THE SINGLE LIFE"
I'M GOING TO MAKE THIS ONE QUICK, AND HOPEFULLY PAINLESS (UNLIKE THE ARTICLE ITSELF). I was really really hoping that the cover article about TAYLOR SWIFT was going to delve into something about SWIFT that she hasn't reveled in interviews yet. Like why she's so obsessed with love, or something about her family life, or her struggle for success. I'm bringing up all these particular topics because they were covered in the article. And much like a SWIFT SONG, they were vaguely answered.
THAT SEEMS LIKE AN ERRONEOUS STATEMENT, N'EST PAS? Sure is. As a former TAYLOR SWIFT FAN MYSELF. . . yes I was once swept away by her wavy long hair and in infectiously popular crossover country songs that were about puppy love at best . . . I understand where the error might lie in a statement like "TAYLOR SWIFT'S SONGS DON'T REVEAL MUCH ABOUT THE SINGER." Here's what I'm trying to say: you may think you really know about what happened between TAYLOR SQUARED by listening to "BACK TO DECEMBER" but really you don't. You just know that she "messed up" or something and "wants to go back to December". OH, and that E! News told you it was about TAYLOR LAUTNER.
SO WHAT IT REALLY COMES DOWN TO IS THE "HOLY SH!T" MOMENT. And that this article never delivered that. Yeah yeah yeah, we all know that TAYLOR SWIFT is adorable, sweet, charming, cute, the nicest person ever, she was the outcast in school (which I find HARD to believe). No, "HOLY SH!T TAYLOR SWIFT IS JUST LIKE ME BECAUSE SHE IS X, OR DOES X". I didn't learn anything new about her. Except, I supposed, that she likes fashion.
THIS ISN'T EXACTLY AN ARTICLE. WELL, SCRATCH THAT, IT IS. BUT NOT THE LENGTH OF A TYPICAL ARTICLE. Now that that's settled. This petit article about ALEXA CHUNG is just long enough to swallow and stomach before you get those horrible cramps from the pretentiousness you just consumed. I just want to say that the whole 200 words were worth it to hear her take on styling Jason Wu's collection for Target:
"IT'S MODERN DAY POWER DRESSING. SEXY, BUT IN A LESS OBVIOUS WAY"
HERE COMES A BIG, HYPOCRITICAL, SELF REFLECTIVE REALIZATION. Alexa Chung, I think we're not much different after all. I think I like you.
"PARIS AFTER DARK"
IF YOU'RE AN AVID READER OF VOGUE MAGAZINE, you've probably noticed all the "themed" articles sprinkled throughout the massive amounts of advertising at the beginning of the magazine. BUT THEN AGAIN, maybe you haven't. DON'T FRET. I find some of this articles hard to connect with and most of the time I just skip right on through to the main stuff anyways.
THE NOSTALGIA PIECE "PARIS AFTER DARK" CAUGHT MY EYE THOUGH. A mini memoir of a former VOGUE EDITOR who happened to rub elbows with Gertrude Stein in 1940's France? Sounds like an article that would deeply interest me, since my favorite era of writing Stein was involved in. And I'm basically Owen Wilson in Midnight in Paris.
This article definitely satiated my nostalgic appetite on so many levels. It centered around a woman I don't know much about, and her highly famous modernist art collection. What was really cute about this article is that the writing was dictated to Leslie Camhi, and so the writing was most declarative. Little literary nods like that (Ernest Hemingway, one of the writers Gertrude edited, wrote in declarative sentences) always tickle me.
ANOTHER ISSUE WHERE THE INTERVIEW/ARTICLE ABOUT THE DESIGNER OVERSHADOWS THE COVER ARTICLE. I understand the need to make money, but I think just as many people would be buying magazines to read about MARC JACOBS and THE MULLEAVY SISTERS of RODARTE, as they would about MERYL STREEP and TAYLOR SWIFT.
AS A RELATIVELY YOUNG FASHION HOUSE, there isn't much to learn about the Mulleavy sisters. But what they're better at doing than MARC JACOBS, is really honing in on their inspiration and describing how that very literally translated to their SPRING 2012 collection. It isn't all about VAN GOGH, though it's easy to pin point that as they're only inspiration. It's about the cosmos, the stars, and the sunflowers that sprinkle California.
BUT IT IS COMFORTING TO KNOW, if you get an English Literature degree, you can become just as successful at whatever you want to do, like fashion. Thanks LAURA MULLEAVY.
IRONICALLY ENOUGH, "BARE MINIMUM" IS THE ONLY EDITORIAL IN THIS ISSUE I ACTUALLY LIKED. And there were only two. It was a thin issue, as was the last. There are so many reasons/levels of my admiration for this editorial. It's supposed to be showcasing these classic, minimal bags. Sounds like it would be right up my style alley? Duh. And in a fun, poppy type of way. "Let's dress up the model in classic silhouettes and have her ripping things, tearing things, over embellishing things into confusion." A perfect way to showcase the simple elegant shapes and styles of the bags.